Millard Charles Bishop was born Aug. 9, 1921, at Albertville in northeast Alabama. His mother, Dessy Thomas Bishop, was a homemaker and his father, John, a farmer.
Millard, the youngest of seven children, attended local schools and First Methodist Church, where he was active in youth groups.
Mr. Bishop enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 4, 1940, and went aboard the U.S.S. Arizona that December. He was a fireman third class when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Albertville was organized in 1945 and named in his honor. His brother Robert served in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel. Another brother, Chester, was a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II.
A year after Millard Bishop’s death an aunt, Nettie Thomas Fiquett, wrote a remembrance of him for local newspapers. “His radiant smile will live always in the memory of those who knew him,” she said, describing him as a Christian “in his life and daily example.”
Sources: The Albertville (Alabama) Herald; The Fort Payne (Alabama) Journal; The Independent of Robertsdale, Alabama; Census; Navy muster roll; grave marker. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.